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Governor DeSantis commits millions to improve Florida’s military infrastructure


Tallahassee, Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the award of $2.3 million through the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program, aimed at bolstering Florida’s military communities by supporting crucial infrastructure projects and economic development. These grants are part of ongoing efforts to maintain Florida’s status as the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the nation.

Strengthening Military Communities

Governor DeSantis emphasized the state’s commitment to its military communities, stating, “Florida is the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the nation, and we are continually working to ensure that our military communities remain strong. Through these awards, we are spurring economic growth that will support our servicemembers and their families.” The funds will help enhance infrastructure and stimulate economic growth, benefiting both military personnel and their families.

Florida Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly also highlighted the state’s dedication to its military communities. “Under Governor DeSantis’ decisive leadership, Florida remains committed to the success of our military communities and supporting our military families. Today’s awards build on the more than $7.9 million awarded already this year, strengthening Florida’s military communities and stimulating economic growth for the future.”

Breakdown of the Awards

The Defense Infrastructure Grant Program awards include:

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  • Space Coast Economic Development Commission: $82,500
  • City of Cocoa: $135,000 for infrastructure improvements to the water distribution system, increasing the resiliency of the network serving Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
  • City of Jacksonville: $2,080,100 to continue the Compatible Land Use/Encroachment Protection Program for properties in the Military Influence Zone of Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and Outlying Landing Field Whitehouse.

These grants support various needs such as transportation, access, housing, utilities, communications, environment, and security. Since 2019, more than $23.4 million in grants have been awarded to support military communities and local economies across Florida.

Economic and Community Impact

The ongoing support through the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program ensures that Florida’s military communities are well-equipped to handle various infrastructure and economic challenges. These efforts not only improve the quality of life for servicemembers and their families but also foster economic development in surrounding communities.

For more information on military community programs, visit the FloridaCommerce Office of Military and Defense webpage.

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